You Have Deceived Me


Talk honestly to God about all that is within you. He already knows what is there.


I desire to have an honest relationship with You. Help me not go through motions, but to seek to know and be known.


Jeremiah 20:1-18


How honest are you with God?

After delivering a blistering judgment against the nation's leading official, we are privy to the prophet's private conversation with God. However, his complaint this time is bitter and weary, even while recognizing the reality of God's call on his life (9). But his opening salvo is shocking. According to the scholar Walter Brueggemann, "the verb rendered ‘deceived' could be rendered more strongly as harassed, taken advantage of, abused, even raped" (A Commentary on Jeremiah, 1998, p. 181). Hard to imagine talking to the Lord like this, but Jeremiah does not couch his true feelings in quiet and polite devotions.

This is a visceral rage, accusing God of the most brutal crime. Jeremiah feels seduced, and overpowered--taken for a ride--by the God of Israel. This ministry to which he was called as a very young man (1:5) has been at great personal cost. His angry resistance, however, is coupled with great tenderness. Jeremiah acknowledges that God's word is like wildfire inside him. It must come out.


Come to God in sincerity. Talk honestly to him about all that is within you; he already knows it is there.


Lord, there are times when I am overcome as Jeremiah was. I don't want to pretend, but to bring it all to You.

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